pickier; pickiest
: very careful or too careful about choosing or accepting things : fussy, choosy
a picky eater
Because pen collectors are a picky lot, and some antiques dealers who are not in the pen business can overlook the details of condition, there is occasional friction.Bill Holland
With rising ticket prices and new competition from cable TV, cost-conscious families may be pickier about the movies they choose to see.David Ansen and Martin Kasindorf
pickiness noun
Taylor mocks Zavala for the size of his extended Mexican family, their endless chatter and the frequency of their quinceaneras. Zavala ribs Taylor for his white-person pickiness about artisanal coffee and marriage. Belinda Luscombe
Now jobless and forced to live with five housemates in San Jose, Calif., she comes away from every job interview discouraged by employers' pickiness. Daniel McGinn

Examples of picky in a Sentence

a picky cat who would only eat one particular kind of food, and only if it was served in his special dish she's picky, but she always finds the best quality in fresh meat and fish
Recent Examples on the Web The comedian, who left Saturday Night Live in 2022 after 10 years on the show, enjoys being picky in her work. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 And the matchups are finally ready for your picky palate. The Enquirer, 17 Mar. 2024 Of course, experienced drinkers can be picky, which raises the bar for expectations surrounding non-alcoholic drinks. David Tao, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 During his door-to-door sales, Zong learned that many children were picky eaters and suffered from varying degrees of malnutrition, which was a big headache for parents. Nectar Gan, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 Be super picky about hiring Optimize for the right thing, Malone said. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 Black Widow Diet: What Does a Black Widow Eat? Black widows are not picky eaters. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 In the Middle East, a picky superpower will be a lonely superpower. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Another common obstacle to home-cooking is the threat posed by picky eaters. Kyle Austin Young, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of picky was in 1917

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“Picky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picky. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

picky

adjective
pickier; pickiest

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